Legal Specialist for Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association Development of USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project
Project Background and Rationale
USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project aims to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth accelerated in the agriculture sector. At the end of thisproject, it is anticipated that over 33,000 people in 250 communities will be earning higher incomes, showing improved nutrition practices, and managing theireconomic assets more effectively. The project is implemented via a phased approach, building on development gains made through previous projects andpiloting new interventions. Activities begin in a small number of communities in the first year and then scale up successful interventions to reach the targetnumber of communities over the period of five years. The project uses a learning approach and, through ongoing monitoring to assess efficiency andeffectiveness, makes adjustments as necessary.
The project focuses on Timor-Leste’s horticulture value chain and aims at addressing the key challenges of rural poverty, natural resource degradation, foodinsecurity, and under-nutrition. The value chain approach is applied in achieving increased productivity along key horticulture value chains that includevegetables, fruits and legumes. Through the promotion of sustainable product ion practices, increased functionality of farmer groups and associations,improved market linkages, and increased availability and access to quality agricultural inputs and services, including access to finance, the project aims tostimulate and support increased economic activity and growth in rural communities and municipalities. Sustainability of these activities are supported by workto maintain sound policies and enabling environment relevant to the sector, as well as efforts to increase resilience to climate change and improve naturalresource management as it relates to farm systems.
The project is a horticulture value chain activity aimed at addressing the key challenge of rural poverty natural resources degradation, food insecurity, it is predicted on the development hypothesis that if USAID/Timor-Leste increases productivity within the horticulture value chain and increase the ability of Timor-Leste’s citizens to engage in economic activities, then sustainable and inclusive economic growth will be accelerated in the agriculture sector.
Since its implementation, USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project has actively facilitate the Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Working Group and currently in the process of facilitating the establishment of Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association which in line with its project statement of work plan within its implementation period. The activity is outlined and stated in the project logical framework with expected result of improving the skills of the actors engaging in horticulture value chain activities.
Scope of Work
The “Legal Specialist” is expected to support the Horticulture value chain actors to develop the Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association on a broad range of issues, including but not limited to, taking the day to day legal responsibilities and providing legal advice that includes all the aspects of the analysis, drafting process of association by-laws. He/she is responsible for providing support in discrete legal issues by advising the organization, drafting undertakings and structuring remedies for the relevant issues. Some of the responsibilities that need to be handled by him/her:
1. Conduct legal analysis and research on association legal matters in Timor-Leste;
2. Engage in the establishment of Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association development which including draft association by-laws, assist the association in every steps of registrations process at the related Ministries and, advice the association members on legal matters;
3. Help and assist first general assembly meeting of Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association founder’s members;
4. Train and support the board of directors and its committee members on its roles and responsibilities.
· Registered legal practitioner in Timor-Leste
· At least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in law or any other relevant field.
· Extensive experience working in a similar field
· Excellent team player with a proven track record of working with multi stakeholder community
· Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
· Excellent command of Tetum, Portuguese and English languages
Work Schedule and the period of services
The Legal Specialist will have up to 30 days of working time which will be distributed from January, February and March 2016. The Legal Specialist will report to, and work under the direction of the Business Advisor of the USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project.
1. Report on legal assistance services provided on association development process with technical working group, association members and the project team;
2. Copy of the draft association by-laws on related issues tackled and as requested by the technical working group, association members and the project team;
3. Report on assistance of the first general assembly meeting of Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association founder’s members;
4. Training report on the board of directors and its committee members on its roles and responsibilities;
5. Final Report including all services provided and the recommendations for the way forward;
Interested applicants may submit CVs with a cover letter with detailed individual profiles, including core areas of expertise, and experience with similar activities to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – “Application for Legal Specialist for Timor-Leste’s Horticulture Association Development of USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project” no later than 24th December 2015, including the following documents:
· a proposal – Maximum 2 pages
· daily rates quotation and at least two references from previous clients in your application
· a Bio-data form in a USAID Bio Data Form format.
Once the quotation is accepted by the project, a contract will be offered to the selected applicant. Terms and conditions of the contract (following USAID regulations) will be provided during the contract signing. Payment will be made only upon satisfactory completion of deliverables andapproval of the narrative report submitted by the Legal Specialist.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
For more information please contact:
Natalino Babo Martins, Grants and Subcontract Manager, USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project
Address: Suite 02-09, Building 2, Level 2, Palm Business and Trade Centre, Hudi Laran, Surik Mas, Fatumeta Bairro-Pite, Dili, Timor-Leste